Community Market Distribution is a monthly mobile delivery that provides a variety of fresh produce free of charge to low income families in Ventura County. In 2016, an average of 7,926 clients per month received an average of 44,067 pounds per month for a total of 528,805 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Food Share in collaboration with county partners and local farmers is proud to bring free fresh and healthy produce to your community! Please check the following sites to find the location closest to you to pick-up your free produce.
Español: ¡Food Share en colaboración con Primero 5 Condado de Ventura NFL, Impacto de Ciudad y sus granjeros locales están orgullosos en traerles frutas y verduras frescas y sanas gratis a su comunidad! Por favor verifique los sitios siguientes para ver donde esta la ubicación más cercana a usted para los abarrotes gratis.
Overview: The Kids’ Farmers’ Market Program is a hands-on approach to improving the long-term diets of children in Ventura County. A two-pronged approach, the program not only provides nutrition education, but also allows participants to take fresh produce home in order that they may put what they learn into practice.
The educational aspect of the program details how fruit and vegetables are grown, how they are cooked and used and what makes them nutritious. Educational activities also promote fresh produce as an alternative to processed food. The program offers opportunities for question and answer, and encourages participants to taste seasonal produce. Also incorporated into each distribution are recipes and a seasonal newsletter to take home and share with family.
What is the aim of the program?
How many children/families will be served?
The program is tailored to serve between 50-100 children at each site. There are currently 10 Kids’ Farmers’ Market sites throughout Ventura County.
Host site partners: The host site partner consists of a youth agency, serving low-income and at-risk youth. Site partners are a key link between Food Share and program participants. The host site partner must be capable of safely handling, displaying and distributing fresh produce as well as providing adequate number of volunteers to set-up and oversee distribution of produce.
Responsibility of Food Share of Ventura County
Program Assessment: Upon kickoff of program, voluntary questionnaires are collected from participants to assess current diet and knowledge of nutrition. Upon completion of the school year, questionnaires are distributed and re-assessed to determine growth in nutrition knowledge and practice of participants. ‘Show-of-hands’ assessments are conducted at each class.
*Expansion of the Kids’ Farmers’ Market program is dependent on funding.
The Food Share & Friends mobile pantry was designed as a moving community center to connect friends in need who lack access to food pantries or other vital resources to the variety of services and support Food Share and its collaborators offers. It provides a traveling source of information and links neighborhoods to nutrition education programs, health services, financial literacy programs, employment/income assistance programs, and housing resources.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA-funded nutrition program that provides monthly food assistance to low-income seniors (aged 60-plus) through food banks. Selected counties throughout the US are targeted to offer the program to seniors. Through a competitive bid process, Ventura County was awarded approval to administer the program to an anticipated 3,500 seniors whose income is ≤130% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Food Share is working to develop a multi-sector collaborative team to implement CSFP across the county. Based on the experience of other food banks, Food Share may receive additional “caseload” in future years to expand the program to additional seniors.
Please contact Iris Salazar, CSFP Intake Worker, at (805) 983-7100 ext. 157 or by email ISalazar@foodshare.com with any questions regarding the CSFP program.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Food Share received confirmation of its “caseload” in mid-January, 2017, and began enrolling seniors and distributing food in early February. Based on the best practices of food banks in other counties who offer the program, the most successful recruitment and distribution methodology features a limited number of sites where many seniors concentrate, such as senior centers and senior housing complexes. Enrollment requires a valid ID with birth date, residence (though a utility bill, for example) and self-certification of income (no proof of income is required). Enrolled seniors will receive a box of shelf-stable food (canned fruits and vegetables, canned protein, dried beans, etc.) and a two-pound block of cheese (which requires refrigeration) each month. Each senior will need show ID at the time of distribution.
The Senior Nutrition Program provides home delivered frozen prepared meals for 5 days and supplemental food to over 200 home bound seniors age 60 and over in Oxnard and Ventura. Through funding from the Area Agency on Aging, the cities of Oxnard and Ventura provide these programs for seniors in their cities. Food Share staff deliver the meals.
For more information on the Senior Nutrition Program call:
|Camarillo Health Care District||805-388-1952 ext. 133|
|Fillmore Active Adult Center||805-524-4533|
|HELP of Ojai||805-646-5122|
|Moorpark Active Adult Center||805-517-6260|
|Port Hueneme Community Center||805-986-6676|
|Santa Paula Community Center||805-933-4226 ext. 352|
|Simi Valley Senior Center||805-583-6042|
|Thousand Oaks Meals on Wheels||805-496-2009|
If you would like more information about senior food access please visit the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging website at ventura.org/vcaaa.